Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.


In this special episode of Open Ninth, Chief Judge Don Myers addresses the impact of COVID-19 on the Ninth Circuit's policies and procedures. Listen in as he answers the community’s most pressing questions and explains the changes to filing, rescheduling hearings, jury duty, evictions, emergency hearings, and more.

Show Notes

  • 0:30 - COVID-19 background
  • 1:35 - Social distancing mandate
  • 1:51 - Executive stay-at-home orders
  • 3:12 - What is involved in shutting down a Circuit, and what does the Chief Judge have to consider in doing so?
  • 4:41 - Comparing closing courthouses for hurricanes versus for a virus
  • 5:50 - State court system decision-making process
  • 6:43 - What proceedings are always going to be heard? Is the courthouse closed, or are essential hearings being held?
  • 7:30 - Types of essential proceedings and cases still being heard
  • 10:01 - Types of non-essential matters being heard by judges
  • 11:27 - What is the status of eviction proceedings in Osceola County?
  • 12:59 - Do I need to report for jury duty? Will the courts be holding jury trials at all?
  • 15:59 - With what you know now, and knowing that we’re somewhat at the beginning of this crisis, what are some hurdles you see State Courts facing in the near future?
  • 16:25 - Growing backlog of casework
  • 17:55 - Online e-portal capabilities
  • 18:37 - Judicial assistants and access to information
  • 19:59 - What are parties engaged in parenting plans supposed to be doing during this pandemic?
  • 21:55 - If your hearing was cancelled, what happens now? Will I have a remote hearing or will it be postponed?
  • 23:37 - What should I do if I’m experiencing flu-like symptoms, but have been summoned to appear in court for an emergency proceeding?
  • 24:50 - What’s surprised you in the Ninth Circuit’s ability to respond to the crisis?
  • 27:13 - How do you think this pandemic, and the court’s actions in response to it, will change how our courts operate in the future?
  • 30:23 - Key messages to keep in mind
Open Ninth
Episode 97

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 34:00



In this episode

Circuit Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr.
Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Senior Judge

Senior Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. served as a Circuit Judge from 2011-2021. He was elected as Chief Judge and started his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.